Sella d'argento

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Sella d'argento (Italy 1978 / Director: Lucio Fulci)

  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Release Date: 20.4.1978
  • Filming Locations: Almería

Also known as

English Titles Silver Saddle | The Man in the Silver Saddle | They Died with Their Boots On | Germany Silbersattel | Sie sterben in Stiefeln | Portugal A sela de prata | Italy Solo morti con le scarpe al piedi | Poland Umierający w ich butach | Denmark Manden med Solvsadlen | Sweden Mannen med silversadeln | Turkey Batinin Krali | Stříbrné sedlo (Czech Republic) | Sela de Prata (Brazil) | シルバー・サドル/新・復讐の用心棒 Silver Saddle / Shin hukusyu no yojinbo DVD title (Japan) | Montura de Plata (Argentina)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Giuliano Gemma (Roy Blood), Sven Valsecchi (Thomas Barrett Jr.), Ettore Manni (Thomas Barrett), Gianni De Luigi (Turner), Cinzia Monreale (Margaret Barrett), Licinia Lentini (Miss Sheba), Aldo Sambrell (Garrincha), Philippe Hersent (sheriff), Donal O'Brien (Fletcher), Sergio Leonardi (Butch), Karina Verlier [as Karine Stampfer] (Janice, saloon girl), Agnes Kalpagos (red-haired saloon girl), Anna Maria Tinelli, Geoffrey Lewis (2 Strike Snake)
  • Also with: Carlo Gentili (waystation proprietor, costumista), Agustín Bescos (Padre O'Terrell), Antonio Orengo (friar), David Thomson (waystation customer), Arnaldo Dell'Acqua (saloon employee), Francisco Anniballi (sheriff's man in saloon), Massimo Ciprari (sheriff's man in saloon), Joaquin Parra (posse deputy), Umberto Santolamazza (saloon customer)
  • Story and Screenplay: Adriano Bolzoni
  • Cinematography: Sergio Salvati [Technicolor, Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera
  • Songs: "Silver Saddle", "Two Hearts" sung by Ken Tobias
  • Producer: Piero Donati

The Film

A ten year old boy must watch how his father is killed by a professional gunman, paid by a certain Mr. Barrett. He shoots the gunman in the back with his father’s shotgun and steals his silver saddle. Twenty years later he has become a famous gunman, recognized by most people by his beautiful silver saddle. When he gets an offer to do a professional killing, he refuses (his gun’s not for hire), but he changes his mind when he hears the name of the victim is Barrett. But then the intended victim turns out to be a ten year old boy …


Often called the last spaghetti western, this film seems two films for the price of one: an adult western with graphic violence (the film director Fulci wanted to do) and a family movie with a rather mellow atmosphere (the film Gemma preferred to make). Although not one of the great spaghetti westerns, this is a nice film and a worthy conclusion of the legendary genre. Geoffrey Lewis steals the show as a God-fearing good-for-nothing who scavanges the dead. - Scherpschutter

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